UPDATED: Email Discussion with Family/FriendsSubmitted by Patrian on Tue, 02/14/2012 - 12:39
My uncle along with another person in the CCed section both emailed to ask when I was going to run for office as if my positions were uniquely refreshing to them. My reply has been that I am working to help someone with the same ideas/principals get elected this year, Ron Paul.
Anyhow thanks for all of your great comments and support.
I wanted to get your feedback on my responses. I received an email from a family member that was CCed to several family members and friends. It was essentially a piece on how the Iranians want to get nukes to cause world chaos and bring about the 12th Iman. For context, I am younger, in my 30s, and they are mostly 50s and 60s. They are also all evangelicals. I responded that it was simply war propaganda.
Here was my uncle's reponse to me:
"You have made the mistake, common to modern man, of presuming that the rulers of Iran will act according to a rational logic, for the good of their people. Instead they will most likely follow their belief in the demon god of the Arabian desert.These are men who believe that burying a woman up to her waist in the ground, then throwing rocks at her until she is battered to death is a good and virtuous thing to do. For the sake of your family you must get a firm grip on the fact that outside your warm and bright home it is dark and getting darker. The line between the safe and pleasant life we know and utter chaos is razor thin, and can vanish without a moments notice. Be ready."
Here was my repsonse to him, keep in mind this is all CCed to about a dozen people:
"First let me say, I am glad to have the opportunity for this discussion.
I have no illusion that my children’s future is not ever bleak. They are disadvantaged in every way.
Spiritually: they will grow up in a time when the church has lost nearly all effectiveness. A church that sends more soldiers to the Middle East than missionaries. A church that has been deceived into thinking they can win souls politically and through legislation. It seems it’s more convenient to go to church and be entertained once on Sunday and vote once a year for the jokester who wears a “Christian” banner on his sleeve than actually walk out the Gospel seven days a week. We all know America is nothing if not convenient.
Economically: My children will inherit nearly $100 Trillion in unfunded liabilities. How can this be? How can previous generations have mismanaged things so poorly? When they ask I will tell them the truth. The generations before them lived it up in a government they wanted to have but didn’t want to pay for and that the Federal Reserve was more than happy to lend so they could pass the bill to my kids. I will tell them “Some people wanted the government to take care of every need from cradle to grave and some people wanted to police and govern the entire world. These are VERY expensive things that none of these people wanted to pay for through their own taxes and thus they borrowed using the Federal Reserve on the backs of you (referencing my children).”
Politically: This one is almost funny. I mean, we have taken every issue in the universe and placed it somewhere on a linear line that runs left and right. They have but two choices represented on this line. In the end, these choices will be two people who talk different in their rhetoric, but are EXACTLY the same in policy. If they are a big government liberals, they will like MSNBC, believe the problems with America are due to the Rich, and that there isn’t a problem the Federal Government can’t solve. If they are a big government neo-conservative, they will favor Fox News, believe it’s our moral obligation to spread democracy through force policing the world. Despite the fact that they are more likely to get struck by lightning 7 times than die in a terrorist attack, they will live in fear that the Muslim terrorist cell hiding under their bed will at any moment blow up their entire world.
No the REAL threats to my children TODAY are not sharia law, or some dessert dwelling people living ten thousand miles away and what they MIGHT do if they somehow/someday get the means. The real threats are RIGHT here at home RIGHT NOW: the growing threat of economic collapse, the growing police state, the lack of respect for the US Constitution and free markets, that entertainment “news networks” such as MSNBC, FOX, and CNN are somehow mistaken for actual journalism and truth finding, the misunderstanding of corporatism, socialism, and their relation to big government and decreased liberty. I could go on but I imagine you get the point.
This rhetoric on Iran is nothing but the same rhetoric we saw in the disastrous event that was the war in Iraq, which cost nearly $1 trillion, killed over 4,000 Americans wounding tens of thousands more, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, with what result? We virtually wiped out the decent sized Christian population that once existed in Iraq and gave that country over to the Iranians.
The government doesn’t manage anything well, and war/nation building is nothing different. I certainly don't have to tell that to someone who has experienced this first hand.
Ask yourself a few things:
- Why is it the media doesn’t show us pictures inside Iran on the news like they did with Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya? Could it be the REAL Iran is not how you envisioned in your mind? Where did this vision come from?
- Why is it when we faced a threat that was armed to the teeth with tens of thousands of nuclear weapons it was sufficient for us to keep a defense budget of $400-$600 Billion and now we can’t be safe unless we spend nearly $1.5 Trillion/year fighting an enemy with no tanks, no planes, and no real technology?
- Is it ANY coincidence that the 5 or 6 parent companies that control 97% of all US Media benefit from our foreign policy?
Osama Bin Laden's VERY CLEARLY stated goal was not to implement sharia law in the United States or bring about the 12 Iman. It was simply to cause economic chaos and fear and to FORCE the withdraw of US forces from Saudi Arabia. His stated reasoning was not that we were Christian or “free” but that we occupied “Holy Lands” with military bases. He has more than won in every way on this. America is poorer, more in debt, and thanks to un-Constitutional shredding laws like the UN-Patriot Act and the NDAA, and new bureaucracies like Homeland Security and the TSA, less free than before the attacks.
Nevermind that none of the hijackers came from Iraq, Iran, or were even born in Afghanistan. All of the hijackers and all of the funding came from an undemocratic, non-free nation called Saudi Arabia who is ironically still one of our greatest allies in the middle east.
No, logic and reasoning have all but left us. We are now at endless war with a tactic (terrorism) and not an enemy. This is convenient because a tactic cannot surrender thus the war never ends. Somehow, despite that terrorism is a FEDERAL CRIME and that we have attained hundreds of sentences in Federal Courts for decades, American courts are no longer sufficient to prosecute terrorists. Despite that even the most vile Nazi war criminals were hunted down, captured, given trials and THEN executed, the boogie man terrorists are so evil and so dangerous they don’t merit such things as charges, trials, and courts. Despite what started out as a war on Muslim terrorists, we can now arbitrarily pick up, detain indefinitely, or simply execute anyone deemed a terrorist without any burden of evidence whatsoever EVEN IF they are a United States Citizen on US soil. The Bill of Rights has become nothing but an inconvenience for the state…
Anyhow, things are not all bleak. People around the world are waking up to the fact that big government central economic planning is a failure and a breeding ground for all that is corrupt and evil with men. They are also learning more than ever that War is Racket. It’s not too late, but it will be painful."